Duke of York's Theatre

Duke of York's Theatre, St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG


Duke of York's Theatre

Originally known as the Trafalgar Square Theatre, this West End theatre was designed by Walter Emden and opened in 1892. In 1895, it was renamed the Duke of York's Theatre in honour of the then Duke becoming King George V. It was constructed for Frank Wyatt and his spouse, Violet Melnotte, who owned it until she died in 1935.

In 1894, the Duke of York's Theatre presented Go Bang, one of the earliest successful musical comedies. Miss Hobbs, by Jerome K. Jerome, was staged in 1900, along with Madame Butterfly by David Belasco. Puccini saw this play and later adapted it into his famed opera. In 1904, Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, also known as The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up, debuted at the theatre, and many famed British players have trod the boards at the Duke of York's Theatre. Other, more recent famous productions include Little Shop of Horrors, The Dresser, After Mrs Rochester and Journey's End.

The Duke of York's Theatre has been a Grade II listed building since September 1960, and seats 640 on three levels. It is situated at St Martin's Lane, City of Westminster, London WC2N 4BG. The closest public transport is Leicester Square.


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